Astaxanthin is emerging now as the most powerful antioxidant available today. You may have heard of it from Dr. Perricone’s book where he advocates making salmon an important part of your diet in order to enjoy its antioxidant, sun protection and anti-inflammatory benefits.
Forget Salmon! Our astaxanthin is derived from Haematococcus pluvialis where its concentration is thousands of times greater and uncontaminated by heavy metals and pollutants associated with commercial breeding and where artificial astaxanthin is used.
Simply put, astaxanthin is a member of the carotenoid family which includes Beta-carotene, lycopene and zeaxanthin. Go to any health food store and you can get astaxanthin dietary supplements from algae to help you defend your skin’s DNA against environmental ageing factors including U/V exposure.
Now the benefits of astaxanthin are available to defend your skin topically when added to creams, oils or gels, it helps your skin in many ways to restore its youthful appearance. As an anti-inflammatory agent it reduces skin redness and calms down skin rashes and irritation. As an antioxidant, it supports your skin’s ability to defend itself from the sun’s ultra violet rays. It works by neutralising reactive oxygen species (ROS)
Japanese studies also demonstrated the anti-wrinkle properties of astaxanthin and in a 2001 study conducted by Seki et al, female subjects experienced a reduction of wrinkles using a cream with astaxanthin. A dermatological assessment showed more. A reductions of puffiness around the eyes as well as a significant increase in skin hydration was observed after only 2 weeks.
Consider these facts: Here is how astaxanthin stacks up against other well-known antioxidants as a free radical scavenger of singlet oxygen molecules:
- 65 times more powerful than vitamin C*
- 54 times stronger than beta-carotene*
- 800 times stronger than CoQ10*
- 6,000 times greater than vitamin C*
- 550 times more powerful than green tea catechins*
RELATIVE SINGLET OXYGEN MOLECULRE QUENCHING ACTIVITY
Astaxanthin was even found to be as much as 2.75 stronger than lutein with regard to singlet oxygen quenching.
Spa Technologies has been working with this wonder antioxidant over the past year now and has added it to a number of our products. Below is a list of products that contain it.
Oxygen Renewal: A triple layered approach to anti-ageing. Each bottle contains a concentrate of actives that address all aspects of cellular health. Astaxanthin is found in the topmost ‘oil’ layer where it works to reduce inflammation and defend your skin’s DNA in association with Omega-7 and omega-3 fatty acids, Vitamin C esters and Vitamin E. The middle layer has mineral-rich seaweed extracts, polypeptides and hyaluronic acid for super moisturisation. The bottom layer is pure liquid oxygen to boost cellular metabolism and collagen synthesis.
Astaxanthin O2 Calming Gel: This oil-free formula is deep orange reflecting the high levels of astaxanthin. Ideal for sensitive skins, it supports normalising conditions such as dermatitis, rosacea, etc. It is hydrating and non-greasy which men appreciate. We have conducted an experiment to demonstrate astaxanthin’s anti-inflammatory and cooling properties (combined with liquid oxygen) when applied directly to the surface skin. As the thermograph below shows, surface temperature is radically lowered within 60 seconds of application.
After Sun Cooling Mist: This seaweed mist is fortified with the DNA protective qualities of astaxanthin. Ideal for reducing redness and neutralising the damaging effects of excessive sun exposure.
Skin Calming Booster: Ideal to treat symptoms of rosacea, eczema and skin irritations, this booster uses astaxanthin supported by a 10% liquid oxygen solution, micronized silver and omega-7 fatty acids. Application on skin under the Omegaceuticals Repair Serum helps to normalise skin complexion providing fast relief.
Aromatherapy Face Oils: An aromatherapy approach to skin hydration and repair featuring astaxanthin.
Night Repair O2 Balm: A unique blend of oxygen-infused aromatic essences, botanical butters of shea and coconut, and oil-soluble antioxidants of astaxanthin, an omega-complex, Vitamin C esters to provide an occlusive healing zone to repair skin damage and lock in moisture.
Sensitive Oil: contains astaxanthin with a supporting cast of lavender, neroli, omega fatty acids and vitamin C esters to reduce inflammation and increase skin hydration.
Hydrating Oil C&E: Roman chamomile, lavender and clary sage provide skin healing with the support of omega-fatty acids and vitamin C esters.
Regenerative Oil: Ylang Ylang, rosemary and vetiver work on skin regeneration with the support of omega fatty acids and vitamin C esters.
Astaxanthin will achieve celebrity status as an antioxidant to reckon with. Soon many companies will be adding this valuable ingredient to their skin care. With Spa Technologies, you can make it a part of your anti-ageing skin regimen now.
Dan Fryda is president of Spa Technologies International—a laboratory specialising in research and development of marine-based skin and body care products both for the Spa Technologies brand as well as private label. He has been a leader in skincare for 25 years and is the author of The Ocean Within, which is dedicated to bringing valuable information on seaweed and marine algae to the spa industry. Spa Technologies “marine-green” product line is available in many prestigious resort spas and medical spas alike.